Acme natural leather chamois, or Tanner’s Select brand, are made from the finest materials available from across the globe. Natural leather chamois have been used to dry and polish vehicles since they were first adopted by French “footman” in the early 1700s. Natural chamois cloths are still used 300 years later because they are durable, extremely soft, remove dirt and trap it in the cloth away from the surface, and release dirt more effectively when rinsed. And although “chamois” are no longer made from the skins of the endangered chamois (they are now made from sheepskins), these amazing drying cloths are no less useful, safe and effective for drying your vehicle’s finish, windows, mirrors and interior today.
Acme Natural Leather Chamois Products are made from New Zealand Sheepskins
We travel to New Zealand several times each year to select the finest sheepskins available for making our Tanner’s Select chamois. New Zealand sheepskins make the finest quality chamois because the temperature, forage, altitude and long tradition of sheep farming there combine to consistently produce the finest skins available anywhere in the world. We closely monitor the raw material market to insure the quality and availability of the skins we use. Our New Zealand presence provides an unmatched awareness of market trends and first-hand knowledge and access to prime New Zealand pelts. After selection, the skins are split, separating the grain layer from the portion that will eventually become a chamois, and then shipped to the tannery.
Acme Natural Leather Chamois are Tanned in Turkey
These high-quality split skins are sent to our processing facility in Turkey where they are expertly tanned using a time-tested process. Our tanning process uses 100% marine oils, which gives the skins their extremely absorbent, soft and durable characteristics you expect in premium leather chamois. After tanning the skins are inspected and shipped home.
Acme Chamois are Packaged and Shipped from Tarpon Springs, FL
The tanned skins, now chamois, are then sent to our headquarters in Tarpon Springs, FL for quality assurance, packaging and distribution. Although the chamois cloths are inspected at each stage of the manufacturing process, once they reach our Tarpon Springs facility, they are once again inspected to ensure that the finished product is worthy of the Tanner’s Select name. Once approved, the chamois are packaged and shipped to our retailers all over the world.
Acme Tanners Select is our premier chamois product line, so we are involved in every aspect of the production cycle. Unlike other manufacturers, we personally make regular trips to New Zealand to secure only the finest sheepskin for our chamois. No middlemen are involved in this selection process, which enables us to ensure that only the highest quality skins are used to make our chamois products. The skins are then sent to our factory in Turkey where, using our time tested formula, they are tanned to produce the finest quality chamois. The chamois are then shipped to our main facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida where we once again check the quality at both the cutting and packaging stages of the process. So all of our Tanners select chamois are measured twice before being packaged to insure the proper sizing, thickness and nap. Quality remains our primary focus throughout the production cycle to insure that our final product is the finest chamois available. We are proud of that quality and we stand behind our products.
Tanners Select Brand Chamois are made from New Zealand Sheepskin
The consistent temperature and rainfall, the cooler climate of the pasture lands, the nutritious grasses and the long tradition of sheep farming all combine to make New Zealand sheepskins the finest and most consistent material for chamois production in the world. New Zealand sheepskins are consistently thicker and higher in quality than any other country or region. Areas that have less stable climates (larger variations in temperature, rainfall, feed availability, etc…) cannot consistently produce the caliber of skins necessary for the high quality genuine leather chamois cloths on which Acme has built its reputation. So make sure that any chamois you buy is made with genuine New Zealand sheepskin.
Is Tanners Select Brand Made in Turkey?
We are often asked why our chamois say “Made in Turkey” if they are made with New Zealand sheepskins. Although all of our sheepskins come directly from New Zealand, US labeling laws require that we label them as “Made in Turkey” because that is where the skins are tanned. This often makes it confusing and difficult for buyers, who are searching for a New Zealand sheepskin chamois, to find a chamois that is labeled “Made in New Zealand”, because most of them are tanned elsewhere.
So, aside from the space available on the package to explain this and U.S. labeling laws aside, it would be more accurate to say that Tanner’s Select chamois are quality controlled, cut and packaged in the US, tanned in Turkey, but made from the highest quality New Zealand sheep skin.